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RPPC of a Sailor in Uniform " USS Philip " dated 1919
This is a RPPC of a Sailor in Uniform standing on the deck of the" USS Philip " dated 1919. This real photograph Postcard is in great condition. It has been written on with a message signed "Elmer" ( see Postcards RL-3809 / RL-3969 / RL-4020 / RL-4019 as some other cards we have listed are signed by this same man). He has the same Military Patch as on the other Postcard with an Anchor and a Trefoil ( 3 Wings ) below. It is dated Nov. 5, 1919, and writes Dear Eva, Received your letter. got shoes and ok. Like this ship, my third one here. Weather dandy, days just right nights a little chilly. Expect discharge this month and expect to work at Panama. will send the filled out application in when I get my picture taken, probably thurs. everything going perfect. Best wishes, Elmer. It has not been postmarked. It measures 3 3/8" by 5 3/8". It is in good condition other than the right hand top corner has a crease in the near the edge. This Postcard has interesting Naval History. We are including the reverse side of the postcard as well as the photographic front. For historians and genealogists, this makes a tremendous difference. This man was a Second Class Petty Officer, an enlisted man with the rank of E-5 and quite a bit of responsibility. His insignia is not wings but a propeller, signifying that he was a Machinist Mate, responsible for the engines running the ship. His ship, the USS Philip (DD-76), was a brand-new destroyer in 1919, and it went on to serve the US Navy until 1940, when it was transferred to the British Navy for more action as the "HMS Lancaster." Elmer was discharged in 1919, and he wrote about going to Panama. At that time, the Panama Canal was still under construction and someone with his background would have been in great demand as a skilled worker.
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